Wednesday's Scottish Gossip

Scottish newspaper gossip

FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Celtic want Scotland midfielder George Boyd but face competition from Hull, where is currently playing on loan from Peterborough. (Daily Mail)

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell will open contract talks with forward Georgios Samaras and shares manager Neil Lennon's belief that striker Gary Hooper could be persuaded to extend his stay in Glasgow. (Various)

Dundee United are tracking Raith Rovers striker Brian Graham, while Partick Thistle are also keen on the 25-year-old. (Daily Record)

Motherwell boss Stuart McCall insists the SPL Under-20 league has failed and that most manager's want it scrapped. (Daily Express)

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov may be charged with embezzlement in Lithuania, which could result in a seven-year jail sentence. (Daily Express)

Celtic are offering a £100 season-ticket discount to mark the club's 125th anniversary and reward fan loyalty. (Various)

Former chief executive Charles Green stands to make £3m after agreeing to sell his shares in Rangers to Greenock bus tycoon James Easdale. (Daily Record)

Former Rangers director Dave King is investigating a bid to take control of the Ibrox club. (Daily Mail)

Dundee manager John Brown is worried his side will be doomed to relegation at the weekend since nearest rivals St Mirren play Hibs, who he thinks have downed tools in the league due to reaching the Scottish Cup final. (Various)

Scottish Football League clubs will push for play-offs between the SPL and Division One but any changes are on hold for at least a year. (Daily Record)

Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray is being lined up as the independent chairman of an umbrella body of Hearts supporters looking to take over the club. (Various)

Dundee United have opened contract talks with left-back Barry Douglas. (Various)

Ayr United striker Liam Buchanan is considering a move to Russian Second Division side Metallurg Kuzbass. (Daily Express)

OTHER SPORTS

Greig Laidlaw, Matt Scott, Tim Visser, Ross Ford, Richie Gray, Stuart Hogg and Ryan Grant have received letters confirming them as under consideration for British and Irish Lions squad places. (Scotsman)

The R&A say they cannot bully this year's Open venue Muirfield to give up its men only policy. (Various)